Sandi the dragon is Spain's lucky charm

Sandi the dragon is Spain's lucky charm

Updated: 3 months, 2 days, 6 hours, 49 minutes, 49 seconds ago

In the crucial and intense semifinal battle against European champions Germany, Lucia Corrales scored the winner in the final minute for Spain. So, how have Spain got so lucky? “This is Sandi (the dragon) and every time we have Sandi with us (on the field), we have won every match,” Spain goalkeeper Sofia Fuente said at the mixed zone, carrying the mascot with her on Wednesday.
“This is also to remember our teammate, Nina, who cannot be here due to injury in training. Sandi is our lucky charm.” The mascot has been on the Spain substitute’s bench since the third game.
In the opening game, La Rojita started gingerly against Colombia, who they will now face in the final, and even though they won by a solitary goal, their loss against Mexico in the next game raised alarm bells. That’s when Sandi stepped in.
“In the first few matches, we did not have a lot of luck, so we got the dragon to help provide us with some luck on the field. We got Sandi to wear Nina’s shirt (jersey No 14) because she got injured. It’s our way of having Nina with us for all the matches,” Spain defender Sierra Yoli said in a FIFA social media post.
Midfielder Pou Nina, who dons colours for FC Barcelona, was injured in training and has since been unable to take part in the tournament. But after every win, Nina, along with Sandi the dragon, are central to Spain’s wild celebrations on the field.
Spain have been the most dominant team since making it to the final in 2014 when they lost against Japan. In 2016, they finished third, won the competition in 2018 and now have a chance to become the first team to become champions in consecutive editions. The 2020 competition was cancelled due to Covid-19.
“This is the best dream in my life,” said coach Gonzalo Kenio. “We’ve made it to the final of consecutive editions.” Spain will face Colombia in the final on Sunday.

MARGAO: Defending champions Spain have left it very late to win their knockout games at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup . Against Japan in the quarterfinals when Spain were down by a goal towards the fag end of the match, Vicky Lopez scored the equaliser with just three minutes left on the clock and then struck the winner in the third minute of added-on time.In the crucial and intense semifinal battle against European champions Germany, Lucia Corrales scored the winner in the final minute for Spain. So, how have Spain got so lucky? “This is Sandi (the dragon) and every time we have Sandi with us (on the field), we have won every match,” Spain goalkeeper Sofia Fuente said at the mixed zone, carrying the mascot with her on Wednesday.“This is also to remember our teammate, Nina, who cannot be here due to injury in training. Sandi is our lucky charm.” The mascot has been on the Spain substitute’s bench since the third game.In the opening game, La Rojita started gingerly against Colombia, who they will now face in the final, and even though they won by a solitary goal, their loss against Mexico in the next game raised alarm bells. That’s when Sandi stepped in.“In the first few matches, we did not have a lot of luck, so we got the dragon to help provide us with some luck on the field. We got Sandi to wear Nina’s shirt (jersey No 14) because she got injured. It’s our way of having Nina with us for all the matches,” Spain defender Sierra Yoli said in a FIFA social media post.Midfielder Pou Nina, who dons colours for FC Barcelona, was injured in training and has since been unable to take part in the tournament. But after every win, Nina, along with Sandi the dragon, are central to Spain’s wild celebrations on the field.Spain have been the most dominant team since making it to the final in 2014 when they lost against Japan. In 2016, they finished third, won the competition in 2018 and now have a chance to become the first team to become champions in consecutive editions. The 2020 competition was cancelled due to Covid-19.“This is the best dream in my life,” said coach Gonzalo Kenio. “We’ve made it to the final of consecutive editions.” Spain will face Colombia in the final on Sunday.